Parsnips are a versatile and delicious root vegetable that looks like a carrot but tastes sweeter. They're native to Europe and made their way to North America during the 19th century. Parsnips have a complex taste. Similar to carrots, they're sweet, but they contain more starch and have an earthier, more nutty flavor.

Selection and storage

Choose the small-to-medium-sized parsnips to avoid the tough and woody taste of the very large parsnips. Store them, unwashed, in a plastic bag in the fridge.

Preparation and serving methods

You do not need to skin your parsnips. In fact, the skin has lots of flavor and nutrients. Just wash them under cold water and they are ready to use.

Parsnip and Kale Tuscan Soup by Sonnet Lauberth